Patient Comments: Osgood-Schlatter Disease - Symptoms

Were you diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease? What were your symptoms associated with the disease?

Comment from: LROBINSON, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I was never formally diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease, aside from a softball coach telling me that's what was wrong with my knee because I had a huge lump below the knee cap. I just lived with it until I was 25 years old. The pain was so unbearable I couldn't work. I went to see my grandma's orthopedic surgeon. One view of an x-ray and an MRI for kicks and I was told part of the lump had broken and embedded in my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). A week and a half later, I had surgery to remove it and clean up scar tissue. I spent 3 days on crutches and 2 weeks recovery total and I was back at work pain free. Unfortunately, they did nothing for the rest of the lump, and now, I'm starting to have problems again.

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Comment from: DrGPS2016, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I am a disabled veteran diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease at the age of 47. This started with testosterone injections when I was 42 and the growth in my right leg began shortly thereafter. I have always had low testosterone, but it had not been diagnosed until 2011. After testosterone replacement therapy was started, the symptoms began and have continued. A recent full body bone scan for a separate issue identified the area as still growing, which we already knew, but at least had some medical confirmation. No one in the VA seems to be aware of how to treat the condition as it is considered primarily for young boys. I am seeking advice on where I can get treatment for this since I am now in a knee brace due to ever-growing pain from the tendon being pulled, in addition the growth (now 2' long by 1/2' wide by 1/2' tall) pulling on the skin. I am not physically active and have been walking with a cane for years due to ankle problems with that leg for more than 15 years. Walking, driving, or any impact on the leg increases the pain around the knee.

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Comment from: Hannah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have, today, been diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease at the age of 36! I pretty much gave up any athletic sport at age 12 when diagnosed with leukemia at which point, I stopped growing (I am pretty much same height now as I was then). I had no symptoms until I was 17 at which point I was told it was cartilage due to being a bit overweight. I have suffered with pain since but only developed lump in knee about 6 months ago and severe pain approximately 1 year ago. I am now in constant pain which is worse when resting. I am not sure what will happen now as I have to see a specialist but can't seem to find other people's experiences that match mine. Everyone else seems to have been physically active when symptoms started! Diagnosis came from MRI. I wonder if diagnosis could be wrong.

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Comment from: Sean W., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I never knew what was wrong with my knees. One day around age 12, I hurt myself playing basketball and went to the doctor. They shrugged it off and said its just growing pains. Ten years later I still have the same pains and diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease. I can't even kneel down without shocking pain running up my leg because my knees are too tender. I love to jump, whether it is to catch a ball in sport or to reach a destination. I don't let my bad knees slow me down. You just have to remember to warm up and stretch effectively before anything and everything involving your knees.

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Comment from: karen d l, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I'm 52, female, and like everyone else was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter (OS) disease as a child. I did sport and rode horses in pain free times, had to rest in others. The bump on my right knee is easily an inch in protrusion. I have no pain unless I knock it, then it is agony. I tripped on uneven paving two days ago, and landed hard on my knees. Now I have massive swelling, deep bruising on the back of my knee and can hardly walk, have next to no movement in my knee, and extreme pain. My left knee had the same impact and is fine. My job requires me to stand all day, not fun at the moment. This is lifelong legacy of OS, no matter how careful you are, knowing only a knock can totally disable you, when it happens it is terrible.

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Comment from: Midvaleduke, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 26

Early on, I was known as the skinner kid. About age ten, I started playing football. My knees began to hurt. Didn't connect the two but the skinny kid changed to basketball. When I asked my parents about the pain, the only response was I have knobby knees. I attended a Roman Catholic elementary school in the 1950s. Being a good Catholic, I decided my knee pain was a challenge from God. Football prepared me. As the age of my life coincided with what was going on in Vietnam, I enlisted in an Army Reserve unit. An infantry unit. I knew how lucky I was. Never mentioned my knee pain to anyone. At the age of twenty two I was a policeman. I happened to stop in at a local emergency room to say hi. A slow night, only a minor auto accident, and an orthopedic surgeon was finishing his orders on a chart. I really liked this guy. Very smart. A great friend. I said hello and he asked how I was, and I said fine but my knobby knees hurt badly! He said pull up your trouser legs. I have Osgood-Schlatter disease. I asked what I could do. He wrote an order for knee x-rays and told me to see him in his office. So, here I am, 66 years old with the knee pain worse than ever. By the way, when I was a street cop, I never lost a foot pursuit. And that is the truth!

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